The 2015 AFL Women’s Draft will be held in Melbourne tonight, Monday, April 20.
The Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Football Clubs will complete their teams that will compete in AFL Women’s Exhibition Matches on Sunday May 24 at the MCG and Sunday August 16 at Etihad Stadium.
Players from throughout Australia and overseas have nominated for the Draft. Each team will make 17 selections.
In 2015 the Western Bulldogs will be coached by Craig Starcevich and Michelle Cowan returns to coach Melbourne. To assist the selection process, state based ‘draft matches’ have been played prior to AFL matches. The final match was played in Adelaide yesterday.
Players will also be watching the Draft at the following locations:
Perth Polly Framer Room, Domain Stadium
Adelaide Gil Langley Room, Adelaide Oval
Brisbane Brisbane Lions Boardroom, Gabba
Sydney AFL Sydney Boardroom, Sheridan Building, Moore Park Road, Moore Park
Darwin Michael Long Centre, TIO Stadium
AFL General Manager People, Customer and Community Dorothy Hisgrove said the AFL Women’s Draft starts a series of events that will celebrate the Centenary of Women’s Football.
“It’s an exciting time for Women’s Football. It is 100 years since the first recorded Women’s Football match and it’s a chance to celebrate how far the game has come.
“Women’s football is the fastest growing part of our game with 195,000 girls and women now playing Australian football.
“This year we have invested directly in female football club development which has led to 150 new junior and youth teams starting across the country as well providing access to coaching courses and high performance mentoring for the coaches of women’s teams,” Ms Hisgrove said.
This is the third AFL Women’s Draft.